In the Spring of 2016, Luke created a one-off program for kindergartners at Toronto’s Mabin School. Through conversation with Luke, and neighbourhood exploration, the children learned about the inaccessibility of their communities through the eyes of people who use wheelchairs.

They were then given the opportunity to create change by writing to businesses with barriers to accessibility with an offer of a free StopGap ramp. The business that accepted got a custom built ramp created by StopGap and the Mabin School kindergarten class.

The initiative proved to be so engaging and rewarding for the Mabin School Kindergartners that Luke decided to offer the program to other schools in the Toronto district. On this page, you’ll find a step by step guide to empower your class in advocating for accessibility in their communities.


Luke - Founder of StopGap

Luke started StopGap because he understood that the places where we live, work, and play need to get better, not the people. Read more about Luke's story in the links below.



The School Program

Help your students understand the barriers to accessibility in their communities. Empower them to make change.


Step 1

Book your introduction to the StopGap School Project with Luke Anderson and complete your pre-survey here.


Step 2

Luke will visit and invite your school community to work with StopGap in helping create a barrier-free world. Luke will introduce the StopGap School Project and assign your school three culminating tasks:

  1. Accessibility Audit
  2. The Pitch
  3. Ramp Up!

Step 3

Design a timeline for your StopGap School Project based on the Step By Step Guide. Watch instructional videos attached to each of the three culminating task lesson plans for further guidance. You can stick to the assigned tasks, or add alternate lessons to your project by browsing our online resources.



Accessibility Audit

Start with Task #1, the Accessibility Audit Plan. Watch the video to learn more. Here you will survey your neighbourhood to find out which spaces are accessible, and which are not. Your job is to find at least five businesses with single stepped entryways before moving onto the next task.


The Pitch

Once you have identified the businesses with single stepped entryways, move on to Task #2. Please watch the video to learn how you will create your pitch to encourage those businesses to participate in this exciting and important project. If they act quickly the first five businesses will get a ramp at no cost.


Ramp Up!

Task #3; it’s time to Ramp Up! Watch the video to see how StopGap will deliver five ramps to your school that you will paint and deliver. Please let us know if you would like StopGap to assist you with this process.



Step 4

Celebrate! You’ll receive a certificate and letter from Luke thanking you and your class for your hard work. Now that your hard work has paid off, throw yourselves a StopGap Fun-raiser to showcase your work, raise funds to help keep this project going, and thank your community partners. Maybe even challenge other schools to take on this project!


Step 5

Provide us with feedback by completing the post-survey when it’s available online.